US (MO): More than 500 businesses want to sell or grow MMJ in Missouri

Business owners want to open at least 89 marijuana dispensaries in the St. Louis area, according to state data released Tuesday.

As of June 20, regulators had received pre-filed application fees from people who want to open at least 137 businesses that grow marijuana, make infused products and sell both across St. Louis city and six surrounding counties, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The department published a map Tuesday that breaks down the number of marijuana business applications in each Missouri county.

Most of the marijuana business applications are concentrated in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas, with each receiving nearly 90 applications to open marijuana dispensaries.

The state won’t accept formal applications until Aug. 3, but has allowed groups to pay the associated fees— $10,000 to grow marijuana, $6,000 to make or sell it, as well as to sell infused products. Missouri had raked in nearly $3.9 million in fees from 543 applications statewide as of Tuesday.


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